The Louisville men's basketball program won the NCAA Championship in 2013, but there will soon be no record of it.
I know that Louisville's announcement that it will vacate 123 wins in basketball from 2011 to 2015 - including the 2013 national title - doesn't alter the physics of what Michigan's Trey Burke did to Louisville's Peyton Siva at the rim on April 9, 2013, nor does it retroactively change the minds of the referees who blew the whistle on Burke for what appeared to be an all-ball block.
"I can not say this strongly enough: We believe the NCAA is simply wrong", Postel said in a statement.
Louisville interim president Greg Postel said he believes the NCAA is "simply wrong".
Louisville coach Rick Pitino, who has denied any knowledge of the "sex parties", was sacked in October in connection with a separate recruitment scandal.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.
"While we disagree with the NCAA's decision, it is time for the university to close this chapter and move forward with a stronger commitment to excellence on and off the court", he said.
"Louisville must vacate men's basketball records in which student-athletes competed while ineligible during the 2011-12 through 2014-15 academic years according to a decision issued by the NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee", according to the NCAA. "I called them in at noon and I told them, because I wanted them to hear it from me", he said.
That punishment also included the suspension of head coach Rick Pitino, who later was placed on administrative leave in September along with athletic director Tom Jurich. It's obviously disappointing to the players, fans and Coach. Pitino was placed on unpaid administrative leave and former AD Tom Jurich on paid administrative leave on September 27 following the school's involvement in the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe that initially involved the arrests of 10 people. Athletics director Tom Jurich was sacked with cause two days later.
In a wide-ranging interview with ESPN's Jay Bilas on October 19, Pitino said he takes "full responsibility" for any staff member he hires but also emphasized that he thoroughly vetted his assistant coaches.
Adidas, which sponsored the Cardinals, promptly terminated its personal services agreement with Pitino. The Louisville-Courier Journal reported. His lawyers claimed the school wrongfully suspended and then fired him, and they argued that he is owed $38.7 million for the remainder of his contract through 2026.
Louisville argued in its appeal that the penalty was too severe based on its charges.
Among those is the 82-76 win the Cardinals secured over MI in the 2013 title game. He has denied knowledge of the pay-for-play scheme and transferred to SC on January 10.